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577 Garmin Autoland System
We take a look at the new Garmin Autoland system and re-discover the Interceptor 400 pressurized turboprop. Also, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and the congressional hearings, a fatal accident at a radio control soaring competition, flying lessons funded by British Airways, and the Labour Party wants to ban private jets that use fossil fuel. We celebrate Veteran’s Day by honoring two WWII vets and discuss some great topics raised in listener feedback. Aviation News Garmin® revolutionizes the aviation industry with the first Autoland system for general aviation aircraft In the event of an emergency such as pilot incapacitation, the Garmin Autoland system can be activated for an autonomous landing of the aircraft. The system determines the most optimal airport and runway, taking into account factors such as weather, terrain, obstacles and aircraft performance statistics. Garmin Autoland can also activate automatically if it feels the pilot is unresponsive. Cirrus and Piper Aircraft announced they’ll implement the system. Video: Garmin Autonomí: Autoland Activation https://youtu.be/IyYxbiZ1FCQ Turboprop Aircraft, Design and Tooling Discovered in Kansas Barn The Interceptor 400 pressurized turboprop was not a commercial success – perhaps it was ahead of its time. Recently the plane was discovered “carefully stored in obscurity on a farm in Wichita, Kansas.” The Interceptor 400 is for sale, along with the airplane’s FAA type certificate, drawings, jigs and tooling. In five-hour grilling over 737 MAX crashes, House panel reveals Boeing memos, calls on CEO Muilenburg to resign ‘I would walk before I would get on a 737 MAX’: Boeing CEO Muilenburg faces hostility but gets through first day of hearings Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg appeared before the US Congress, admitting that “we made mistakes, we got some things wrong.” At the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, several asked for Muilenburg to step down. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. accused Boeing of “a pattern of deliberate concealment” and said, “Boeing came to my office shortly after the accidents and said they were the result of pilot errors. Those pilots never had a chance.” David Cortina: United States remote control glider pilot freed on bail after accident that killed a woman in Pingtung County, Taiwan At the F3F Radio Control Soaring (Slope) World Cup in Taiwan, the remote control glider operated by an American pilot struck a woman and killed her. At the time, she was holding her 2-year-old son, who sustained a cut on his neck. British Airways to fund flying lessons in 2020 In partnership with The Air League Trust, British Airways plans to fund flying lessons for 200 UK students in 2020. The airline funded lessons for students in a 2019 trial at Booker Aviation Flying School. Next year, the program will expand to other flying schools. Labour explores plans to ban private jets from UK airports from 2025 If the Labour party wins the election, they might ban private jets from UK airports starting as soon as 2025. After a report found that sector produced the equivalent carbon emissions of 450,000 cars each year, Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, said “The multi-millionaires & billionaires who travel by private jet are doing profound damage to the climate, and it’s the rest of us who’ll suffer the consequences. A phase-out date for the use of fossil fuel private jets is a sensible proposal.” Veteran’s Day Micah presents “Solon’s Gone,” a story about a veteran who flew B-24 Liberators in the Pacific during World War II. Solon Graham, top left standing – with crew. Max and Micah interview Richard Hammond, age 96, who was a B-17 Tail Gunner in the Second World War.  Dick Hammond Facebook page 463rd Bomb Group Pig Chaser and Crew Pig Chaser and crew. Richard Hammond is right-most standing. Mentioned Jaunt Air Mobility Air Taxi How I Built This with Guy Raz – JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman FlightsFrom.com
576 Bell V-280 Valor
We talk with the chief engineer of the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor program. In the news, the FAA revoked the repair station certificate for the supplier of the Lion Air 737 MAX AOA sensor, and airline cabin crew stories: streaming video from a lav, crew arrests for money laundering, and fainting flight attendants. Bell V-280 Valor Guest Paul Wilson is the chief engineer for the Bell V-280 Valor program. He leads the engineering team responsible for the execution of all development efforts on the V-280 Joint Multi-Role Tech Demonstration and Future Vertical Lift programs. The Bell V-280 Valor is a fly-by-wire tiltrotor aircraft that had a successful first flight in 2017. The aircraft could represent a future Blackhawk replacement. The program now in the technology demonstration phase, focused on reducing risk and informing requirements and capabilities to help define the technical readiness of the future platform.  Paul explains what a tiltrotor design offers and how the V-280 is different from the V-22 Osprey and the mission that aircraft was designed for. In the case of the V-280, only the rotor pylon rotates, while the engine remains fixed. On the V-22, the rotor system and the engine nacelle rotate. We learn about the system for managing torque provided to the two rotor pylons and the impressive agility of the V-280 at slow speed. Bell’s program focuses on improving affordability and reliability. One example of platform sustainability and affordability is the use of augmented reality where Bell uses 3D design data throughout the lifecycle of the aircraft, such as in manufacturing and maintenance. Previously at Bell, Paul led the V-280 Vehicle Systems IPT that developed and tested the flight control, avionics, propulsion, and mechanical systems. He also served in other leadership roles including as Project Manager for the 407GX Autopilot development and certification program and as the IPT Lead for Bell’s Vehicle Management Systems and Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Technology IR&D. Before joining Bell, Paul served in the US Air Force as an Acquisitions and Aerospace Engineering officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. https://youtu.be/T5a9Djp9gsg V-280 Valor news: May 21, 2019, V-280 Valor Scores Top Marks During Low-Speed Agility Testing January 24, 2019, Record Performance at Bell: V-280 Valor Reaches 280 Knots True Airspeed December 18, 2018, Bell V-280 Valor – First Year of Flight November 27, 2018, Bell V-280 Valor Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award November 17, 2018, Team Valor Lands Award for Best Flight Test Paper March 9, 2018, Bell Awarded Aviation Week Technology Laureate Award for V-280 Valor Achievements December 18, 2017, Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight September 6, 2017, V-280 Valor Achieves 100% Completion V-280 Valor videos: 10/17/19, Bell V-280 Valor Multi Domain Operations 05/21/19, Bell V-280 Valor — Low-Speed Agility 04/26/19, Bell V 280 Valor — Fast Rope + PDAS 12/18/18, Bell V-280 Valor – First Year of Flight [MILESTONES] 12/17/18, Bell V-280 Valor Arrives at Flight Research Center 10/17/18, Bell V-280 Valor — Flight Achievements in 2018 05/15/18, Bell V-280 Valor — First Ever Cruise Mode Flight Aviation News FAA shuts down Florida repair firm that supplied faulty Lion Air sensor on Boeing 737 MAX Xtra Aerospace supplied the AOA sensor on the Lion Air 737 MAX that crashed, killing 189 people. The FAA has revoked Xtra’s aviation repair station certificate. Xtra repaired and approved for service a used angle of attack sensor that was installed on the Lion Air jet to replace a faulty one. In its final report, the National Transportation Safety Committee of Indonesia, known in Indonesia as KNKT, said the replacement sensor was miscalibrated. Its angle of attack was 21 degrees too high. In a statement, Xtra said, “We respectfully disagree with the agency’s findings” and that this action by the FAA “is not an indication that Xtra was responsible for the accident.” ‘There was never a camera’: Southwest denies lawsuit claiming pilots streamed plane bathroom video In 2017, a Southwest flight attendant claims to have seen an iPad in the cockpit in flight that was live streaming from the lavatory. Also, the pilots departed the aircraft upon landing in violation of FAA requirements, and a loaded firearm was left unattended in the cockpit. This was reported to the airline, which continues to allow the pilots to fly. The FA and her flight attendant husband say they have been harassed. Four flight attendants were arrested in Miami’s airport after bringing in thousands in cash, police say The American Airlines flight attendants have been charged with money laundering after a routine customs check revealed large amounts of cash were being carried. The defendants evading reporting requirements and had no authorization to transmit money. American Airlines A330-300 Diverts after two Cabin Crew Fall Unconscious Cleaning fluid fumes caused the two flight attendants to momentarily fall unconscious and AA Flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Dublin, Ireland. It seems that a canister of an aircraft interior cleaner had been left in a lavatory when the plane was at Heathrow Airport and fluid had leaked into the carpets. Mentioned Departed Flights Watch Lilium’s electric aircraft for ‘air taxi’ fly as they move toward production Video: The Lilium Jet flying taxi completes first phase of flight testing https://youtu.be/lojpe3lUdFk American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
575 U.S. Army Golden Knights
Interviews with the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and the crew chief of the T-38 Spirit of Alliance at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. In the news, internal Boeing messages about the 737 MAX, an almost 20-hour non-stop flight from New York to Sydney, the German airfare tax increase, and aviation travel perks to encourage ground transportation by train. Also, registering a foreign plane in the U.S. U.S. Army Golden Knights The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show was held on October 19 – 20, 2019, at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Performers included the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. Our reporter-at-large Launchpad Marzari rode in the jump plane and interviewed Golden Knights SFC Roman Grijalva, SSG Morgan George, and CW4 Felicia Marlow. Launchpad with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. T-38 Spirit of Alliance Launchpad speaks with Butch Wonderland, crew chief of the T-38 Spirit of Alliance in its Thunderbirds paint scheme. Video: Ross Perot Jr.’s T-38 (Spirit of Alliance) “NX385AF” https://youtu.be/yH3eqIV56D4 Aviation News Text messages show Boeing employees knew in 2016 of problems that turned deadly on the 737 Max In 2016, a text message from Boeing’s chief technical pilot for the 737 to a technical pilot said the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was engaging “itself like crazy,” and called the problem “egregious.” Furthermore, the chief technical pilot said that he basically unknowingly lied to the FAA. In a letter to Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg on Friday, FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson said: “I expect your explanation immediately.” More: Boeing Says FAA Was Told ‘Multiple Times’ of Changes to 737 New Document in 737 Max Investigation Points to Chaos, Pressure in MCAS Development Boeing C.E.O., Already Set for House Hearing, Is Likely to Face Senate, Too Human guinea pigs about to embark on world’s first 20-hour airline flight Qantas flew the first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney after 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air. During the flight, a series of experiments were conducted to assess the health and well-being of those on board. Three ultra-long-haul research flights are planned. More: Qantas flight makes history by touching down in Sydney after flying 19 hours non-stop from New York Record Breaking Direct New York to Sydney Flight Touches Down Qantas to Operate “Project Sunrise” Research Flights – Direct New York & London to Australia I took the world’s first 20-hour flight. Here’s what it did to me Germany’s Increased Aviation Taxes Are Set To Come Into Force In April 2020 An increase in the so-called German “climate tax” will likely cause airfares to increase. The tax increase of 38% and will affect all domestic and Europe flights as well as mid and long-haul. Revenue from the tax will be used to offset train VAT by over 10%. BART proposing plan to let riders jump security lines at SFO Passenger numbers at LAX are increasing but more and more of them are using Uber and Lyft for ground transportation. The use of trains is down 10%. Now the BART Board of Directors is considering offering transit riders with access to “priority” airport security check-in lanes. Report Buying a Plane, Part 6 Reporter-at-large Launchpad Marzari explains how he registered his Focke-Wulf in the United States. Mentioned Libertas – 75th Anniversary of D-Day In this documentary video, veterans’ advocate CJ Machado trains with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team in preparation for the group’s jump at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We also hear surviving heroes of the “Greatest Generation” recount their experiences liberating Europe. CJ Machado was our guest on Episode 529, in November 2018. Airliners.net, Airfleets.net, and the Plane Finder app Hawker Sea Fury “September Fury” – Race 232 Reno 2013 https://youtu.be/mMqMZl64mfs
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